Saturday, September 12, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report: 9/12

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

And then there were two. A tough night of playoff action.

TWEETS OF THE DAY


Keep up with the latest Astros minor league roster moves here.

Baseball America looks at all the domestic minor league affiliates and a certain Texas-based team is leading the way. (SPOILER: It's not the Rangers.)

And yet another honor for A.J. Reed!

STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 84-59 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

PACIFIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (BEST OF FIVE)
Fresno leads the series 2-1

Wednesday: Fresno 9 over El Paso 1

Thursday: Fresno 5 over El Paso 4

Friday: El Paso 6 over Fresno 4
And it started out so well. A four run lead after the top of the fifth quickly evaporated as El Paso put up a six spot in the bottom of the frame and that's where things stood the rest of the way. Starter Mark Appel allowed only two singles and a walk through the first four innings, but after a two walks, two singles and an error in the fifth, two runs had come across and his night was done. Three relievers took turns trying to put the fire out with Jake Buchanan finally succeeding in that regard, but by then the damage was done and the Chihuahuas had a 6-0 lead. (As a side note, old friend Jake Goebbert drove in two of the El Paso runs.)

Saturday: Fresno at El Paso at 8:05 CST (LHP Brett Oberholtzer vs. RHP Casey Kelly)

Sunday: Fresno at El Paso at 2:05 CST if necessary

Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winning El Paso Chihuahuas (a San Diego affiliate) from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Fresno won the season series against El Paso 10 games to 6.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 89-51 -.-GB W2 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

SOUTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFFS (BEST OF FIVE)
Midland leads the series 2-1


Wednesday: Corpus Christi 9 over Midland 2


Thursday: Midland 9 over Corpus Christi 3

Friday: Midland 9 over Corpus Christi 5
Unfortunately, that moment was probably the high point of the night as the Hooks dug a 5-0 hole through 4 innings. The Hooks did put up a three spot in the top of the fifth but Midland quickly countered with four more runs to make the climb even tougher. Teoscar Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and is hitting .385 in the playoffs. Conrad Gregor only had one hit in last night's game, lowering his postseason batting average to .545.

A note to Manager Rodney Linares for tonight's game: Score 9 runs. Apparently that it a requirement of this series for every win so far, so just score 9 runs and you should be good!

Saturday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 7:00 CST (RHP Francis Martes vs. RHP Jake Sanchez)

Sunday: Corpus Christi at Midland at 2:00 CST if necessary
Playoff Picture: Corpus Christi will also host the first two playoff games Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, with Midland (an Oakland affiliate) as their opponent. The next three games (if three are necessary) will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Final Regular Season Record: 3rd 75-65 3.0GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth via the wild card)

SOUTH DIVISION MINI-SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
High Desert won the series 2-1


Wednesday: Lancaster 9 over High Desert 7


Thursday: High Desert 6 over Lancaster 5

Friday: High Desert 12 over Lancaster 5

With light problems in Game 1 and broadcast problems in Game 2, you knew there had to be something strange happen in Game 3. Well, I think this qualifies.

When Lancaster starter Akeem Bostick only lasted one-third of an inning, you knew it was going to be a long night for Lancaster Pitching Coach Don Alexander. First man up was Jordan Mills who didn't fare much better and High Desert took an 11-0 lead after two innings. Keegan Yuhl and Enrique Chavez finally restored order and the Mavericks only scored one additional run after the second, but the 'Hawks hitters task was a little too daunting and ultimately there was no happy ending this season. James Ramsay went 3-for-5 and ended his postseason hitting .462; Sean McMullen was 2-for-4 with a double and hit .444.

Playoff Picture: Lancaster will host Game 1 of the best-of-three mini-series on Wednesday, September 9th against High Desert (a Rangers affiliate). The Mavericks will host Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Lancaster leads the season series between the two teams 14 games to 12. The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals.

QUAD CITIES

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 88-50 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Playoff Record:
Lost 2-0 to Cedar Rapids in Western Division Quaterfinals

Season Over
TRI-CITY

Final Regular Season Record: 1st 42-33 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record:
Lost 2-0 to Staten Island in Semifinal Championship Series


Season Over

GREENEVILLE

Final Regular Season Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth; won League Championship)

Playoff Record:
Won 2-1 in best-of-three semifinals over Kingsport
Won 2-1 in the best-of-three League Championship Series over Princeton

Season Over

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record: 
Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

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